Post # 1
Hey Bees! We’ve booked a venue and caterer, but now we’re allocating the rest of the budget. Any recommendations on how much to spend on flowers? We’ll be having 4 bridesmaids and 4 groomsmen and 1 flower girl. I’m not that picky or extravagant, I just need flowers that fit the color scheme, but no particular blooms. Thanks!
Post # 3
We are spending around $2,000 on flowers, but I really love orchids so I think that’s what’s making it more expensive. We have six bridesmaids and six groomsmen and two flower girls, but really I think the biggest expense is for the table centerpieces. To cut down on the centerpiece cost we did two kinds of centerpieces, one that was less expensive and one that was more elaborate. It would have saved a ton of $$ to do DIY centerpieces, but I live out of town so that wasn’t really an option in my case….I hope that’s helpful!
Post # 4
We’re spending $575 on our flowers – includes bridal bouquet, bouquets for 6 BM and bouts for FI and 6 GM, corsages for our moms, and flowers for our cake and centrepieces (that the decorator will put together). The flowers weren’t a big deal to us, so instead of hiring one of the more pricey companies we hired a wonderful woman who did the flowers for my friend’s wedding last year. She’s a retired florist who still has lots of “connections” and basically charges the cost of the flowers plus a small fee for herself for arranging everything. It was an excellent deal!
Post # 5
I think the typical breakdown is about 6% – 8% of your budget on decor (all flowers, centerpieces, bouquets, table linens, candles, anything used to decorate your ceremony and reception site plus all flowers held/ worn in wedding party).
Post # 5
I originally planned to only spend $500 on flowers, before writing out my list of flowers for meeting with the florist. I realize that it was probably going to cost more, so I doubled it to $1000, just to be the most pessimistic estimate. We met with the florist, and I got everything on my list, plus delivery, and came in around $925, so not terrible.
Post # 6
Thanks so much! I was getting concerned after reading some boards that were citing florist estimates with minimums of $3000!
@sessaj: Could you PM me the contact info for your florist (If she is still doing referral work)? I think we’re on the same wavelength when it comes to flowers 🙂
Post # 7
I didnt want to spend more than $800 on flowers but the woman who sold me my dress at House of Brides moonlights as a florist (used to have her own shop and still has her “connections”) so she qouted me around $650 with my bouquet, my tossing bouquet, 5 BM bouquet, 5 GM bouts, bouts for 3 men, 3 corsages and centerpieces
Post # 8
I read this thread before going to talk to my florists, so I want to add my 2 cents. I made a list of everything that I needed (chuppah with flowers, 10 arrangements for the ceremony and reception tables, my bouquet, 2 maids’ bouquets, 7 corsages, 8 boutineers, and one small arrangement for the gift table). The first estimate came back over $4000 for a small, “inexpensive” florist. That’s still within the range of 8-10% of the total budget that I had expected, but I don’t want other brides to think that they are going to get tons of flowers for $1,000…
Post # 9
My lforist is doing my 2 BM bouquets, my bouquets, mothers and fathers, 4 groomsmen, centerpieces, arch, and walkway for around $3000. I am having mixed spring bouquets. The less the money the less flowers you get so make sure you are ok with that 🙂
Post # 10
Wanted to bump this as we just made our decision on a florist after meeting with six different ones. I definitely did my research on some of the cost effective florists in Chicago and we’re going to spend almost 5K when all is said and done (totally wanted to spend less) and totally agree with @RPMary– everything adds up. A lot of the cost is because we are having a BIG wedding, and need 25 centerpieces. But the bill really added up when you added Candles/single blooms for cocktail hour, fresh flowers for the cake, flowers for ushers/readers and parents and rentals for the centerpieces adds up! Not to mention any set-up/break-down plus transportation.
Post # 11
@happy924: Oh sheesh, I’m just getting into florists and that’s my concern! If you have any advice, please feel free to send me a PM. Thanks for posting this – it’s good to level my expectations now!
Post # 12
Just an update – I’m meeting with florists now and I’m trying to keep my budget at about $1200-$1500 for candle centerpieces, 4 BM bouquets, 4 GM Bouts, 1 Groom Bout, my Bouquet, 3 Mom corsages, 3 Dad corsages, 3 Grandma Corsages, 2 Grandpa Bouts and 4 Usherette Corsages. It ALL adds up!
Post # 13
@KayMeiBee: Don’t forget to ask people if they actually want a corsage, bout etc for family. Turns out not one person wants one in my family! Saves me money 🙂
Post # 14
I’m in the thick of this mess too. I’ve been quoted by a florist roughly 1400 for:
-6 bridesmaid bouquets
-6 groomsmen boutonierres
-my dude’s bout
-4 extra bouts – 2 for dads, 2 for grandpas
-4 extra corsages – 2 for mom & stepmominlaw and 2 for my grandmas
-12 tall calla lily centerpieces
Does that seem fair? We are doing an additional 15-17 short centerpieces ourselves, so we’ll have to tag whatever else the cost may be for that onto our budget. Ditto anything that goes up in the church.
Am I being overcharged, or is this relatively normal for what I’m getting?